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John Wayne Pioneer Trail

Location Western Cascade Foothills to Ellensburg
State(s) Washington
Counties King, Kittitas
Type Backcountry
Rail Trail
Snow Trail
Urban Trail
Length 75.70 Miles / 121.83 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - Mushing
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Motorized vehicles - Snowmobiling
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Rock Climbing
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Downhill Skiing
Snow - Snow Play, General
Agency State
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No




Eventually, visitors will be able to travel on the trail across the entire state of Washington on the gentle grade of the former Milwaukee Road right of way. With more than 100 miles of trail extending from Cedar Falls in the Cascade Mountains to the Columbia River in central Washington, the John Wayne Pioneer Trail is perfect for long or short trips. The trail leads travelers past high trestles with spectacular views of the valley below, mountainous terrain, sagebrush desert, arid scrublands and charming countryside farmlands of the Columbia Basin.
The trail is open year-round so that hikers, bicyclists, equestrians, wagoners, cross-country skiers, snowshoers and dog sledders can discover the rugged beauty of the Pacific Northwest. The family-friendly trail has a light gravel surface, a gentle and easy-to-negotiate grade and camping along the way. Interpretive panels along the trail and offer a peek into the history of the area.
Travelers also can look for the speck of light at the end of the 2.3-mile Snoqualmie Tunnel under Snoqualmie Pass - the nation's longest tunnel open to nonmotorized traffic. The Milwaukee Road built this tunnel in 1914 to improve the grade over the pass.
The trail, much of it managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, meanders through and past a number of Washington state parks, as well as public campgrounds managed by the U.S. Forest Service and Kittitas County Fairgrounds and several other hiking trails that intersect (Continued...)


Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Open 24 Hours


Not Available


Additional Information

Width: 127 inches.

Primary Surface: Gravel

Secondary Surface: Gravel

Average Grade: 2%

Elevation Low Point: 1517

Elevation High Point: 3022

Year Designated: 2002

Date Last Updated: 02/28/2013


Contact Information

Trail management:
Tim Schmidt
Park Ranger
Washington State Parks
Lake Easton State Park
PO Box 26
Easton , WA 98925
(509) 656-2230

Information contact:
Virginia Painter
Washington State Parks
P.O. Box 42650
Olympia , WA 98504 -2650
(360) 902-8561


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